By GREG SCELLIN
The Geneva City Council met in regular session on April 20. Due to social distancing measures, the meeting took place via a conference call. “Hopefully, we can start meeting in person here this next month,” Geneva Mayor Eric Kamler said. Among the items discussed last Monday were:
• City staff and Geneva City Attorney David Solheim have been working on placing the city’s Ordinance Book on-line. It can be found on the city’s web-page. Geneva City Clerk/Treasurer Kelly Stroh-Heath said the code book is now more user-friendly and easy to access. “We are really pleased with this,” she said. “It really is a neat thing to have.” Kamler agreed. “It’s very impressive,” he said. “It’s very useful…it’s more up-to-date…easy to update…it’s a good thing to have.” Solheim also agreed. “I’m really happy with the way this came together,” he said. “And, a key is how searchable it is.”
• When asked, Kamler commented about the possible opening of the Geneva Aquatic Center. He said, he will be looking to the governor’s office for guidance for this. He also noted that, unfortunately, it’s looking like a possible opening date could be as late as early July or mid-July if at all. “We will follow the governor’s guidelines on those,” Kamler said.
• Kamler noted that all city facilities will remain closed until at least May 11.
• A change-order to place a generator at the new Geneva Fire Station was approved. Geneva City Administrator Kyle Svec reported work is going well on the facility. “I can’t see where we’ve been delayed at all with it,” he said.
• The city council discussed the six-block paving project just west of the Fillmore County Hospital on 17th and 18th Streets and on F and G Streets in the area. It was noted that the city has already spent over $100,000 in engineering work on the project. Solheim also commented that the city council could reject bids if they came in higher than a total the council was comfortable with in regards to the current COVID-19 pandemic.